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Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Why we love it: Abu Dhabi’s cultural hub is also a seaside paradise and this resort is the ultimate luxury escape.

The Highlights:
- A Saadiyat Island location means proximity to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the future sites of the Guggenheim Abi Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum
- All rooms face the water, with balconies or patios
- A massive spa with 15 treatment rooms, Moroccan-style hammam, hydrotherapy pools, salt room, and more

The Review:
This posh island resort opened its doors in December 2018 so everything is still shiny and new. All 293 airy rooms and suites have views of the turquoise sea and private outdoor space and there are eight multi-bedroom villas with private pools and butler service. But you probably won’t spend too much time in your room. Whether you want to explore Saadiyat Island’s culture gems like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and expansive Gary Player Golf Course, venture into the city to walk the souk and gawk at the largest mosque in the UAE (Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque), or go on a desert camel adventure, the resort is close to it all, while still feeling like its own private oasis.

You might not even want to leave the gorgeous property, with its 1,300 feet of white sand beachfront, three pools, tennis courts, paddle boarding, kids and teen clubs, six bars and restaurants, state-of-the-art-gym, and 2,900-square-foot-spa. Carve out some relaxation time in the spa’s sauna, hydrotherapy pools, steam room, salt room, Jacuzzi, traditional Arabic Rasul room, Moroccan hammam, and fifteen treatment rooms, or book one of the spa villas for the ultimate way to unwind. Thankfully, the resort took pains to preserve the special mangrove, wetland, and beach dune environment it’s in, achieving pearl certification and ensuring that the nesting of endangered hawksbill turtles is protected. Keep your eyes peeled for the turtles, as well as dugongs, gazelles, socotra cormorants, grey herons, and greater flamingos.